This trip offers a summer visit to the Mountains of North Carolina while the days are long and a little cooler than coastal NC! Trip features include a guided waterfall hike, visits to mountain towns, the famous LaZoom Comedy Trolley Tour of Historic Asheville and a visit to Chimney Rock State Park for beautiful views. Asheville has long been known for its vibrant culinary scene and our hotel location in downtown Asheville offers the opportunity to experience dining for any taste and budget! **Be sure to read the itinerary below for all the trip details.
Helpful details for the guided waterfall hike are: There is one guide per 10 people. Hiking sticks, water and snacks are provided. You can hike as little as a mile or as much as 5 miles with the chance to see 2-5 waterfalls.
Proof of vaccination is required with a preference of two vaccines and at least one booster. Masks are optional on the bus.
7am - Morning Departure from Compass Pointe. BYOB lunch or wait until we arrive in Black Mountain for lunch. Patty will provide snacks and water on the bus.
Approx. 1pm - including time for rest stop breaks. Arrive in Black Mountain for town exploration. Visitor information, maps and "must sees" will be provided.
We will spend about 3 hours in Black Mountain and then make the 20 minute drive to the Asheville hotel. Check-in and enjoy visiting the hotel's rooftop bar and dining on your own that evening. Patty will provide lots of choices!
8:30am- load on vans and travel to waterfall trailheads. This experience averages 4 hours. Return to hotel at approximately 1:30pm. Have a late lunch on your own, rest or explore downtown a little before the 4pm Lazoom Comedy Trolley Tour. This is a 90 minute narrated tour. Dinner that evening is on your own and again , lots of choices will be offered.
9am - Depart Asheville and make the 45 minute trip to Chimney Rock State Park. Here a ranger educates us about this park, the views and the 500 million year old "chimney rock" followed by time to explore and view on your own. Pick up box lunches and head back to the coast.
Approximate arrival time to Compass Pointe - 7pm